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Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education Burlington, VT

The University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine seeks a Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education (SAD) to play a vital leadership role ensuring that Vermont’s only college of medicine, and one of the oldest in the country, remains a pioneer in medical education. This is an exciting opportunity for an accomplished, collaborative physician-leader with a proven commitment to and passion for the academic mission of medical schools and demonstrated achievement advancing excellence and innovation in medical education.

The Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education (SAD) is responsible for fulfilling the College’s vision by preparing college of medicine graduates who achieve excellence in their chosen fields, by ensuring the college is respected by its peers for innovative and outstanding teaching, and by demonstrating extraordinary compassion and commitment to the service of patients, the medical profession, and the community. It is in this context that the SAD will provide leadership and engage in continuous quality improvement for medical education programs and initiatives across the medical education continuum: pre-medical, undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education.

The SAD will build upon the College’s strong foundation of educational innovation and will lead 50 professionals in the Office of Medical Student Education, which encompasses Admissions, Student Services, Curriculum, Active Learning, the Teaching Academy, the Simulation Center, and all other areas related to undergraduate medical education. They will also manage the $5-6M medical education budget.

Continuing to advance the quality of and reputation for a diverse medical education at the College and its affiliate sites will be a primary focus of the new SAD. The leading edge of medical education is already being redefined at the Larner College of Medicine – supported by record-setting philanthropy. As the College becomes among the first in the nation to complete the transition of its medical curriculum to an active learning model, assuring best student outcomes through quantitative and qualitative research and assessment will be a high priority. Ensuring sufficient clinical sites to provide excellent clinical education experiences across dispersed locations will also be critical. The SAD will also play a key role in preparing for an LCME site visit in 2021. In addition, the SAD will engage in and foster scholarship in medical education. The SAD will also play an active role in the pursuit of philanthropic support to enhance medical education across the continuum.

Professionalism is also a high priority at the College. The new SAD will bring proven ability to cultivate diverse and inclusive work and learning environments that lead to the successful recruitment and retention of a diverse student body - one that embraces altruism, kindness, and respect, and one that will demonstrate professionalism through cultural humility, integrity, accountability, compassion, and social responsibility. This will be vital to ensuring a medical education at the Larner College of Medicine that is second to none in preparing the next generation of physicians.

The successful candidate will be a physician-leader with at least 5-10 years experience in medical education excited by the opportunity to play a leadership role ensuring the highest quality medical education at a vital urban university serving one of the nation’s rural regions. Candidates must have experience with and embrace the integration of best practice teaching modalities, in particular active learning, with advanced technology to deliver the best medical curriculum possible, and bring a deep appreciation for interprofessional education. The ideal candidate will also bring experience with the LCME accreditation process and expertise in curriculum assessment and implementation. Critical to success will be the ability to cultivate strong and enduring relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff, and students within the College, at the UVM Medical Center, across the UVM Health Network, in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and with affiliate sites. They will also share the institution’s unwavering commitment to Inclusive Excellence. An M.D. with a record of academic achievement to meet the criteria for appointment at the rank of associate or full professor at the University of Vermont is required. The SAD will hold a faculty appointment in a department within the College appropriate to expertise and interests.

The University of Vermont College of Medicine, now the Larner College of Medicine, was founded in 1822 and is the nation’s seventh oldest medical school. The College, along with the Medical Center, is part of the UVM Health Network, which also includes six hospitals located throughout Vermont and northern New York, and the Visiting Nurse Association of two local counties. The College, on the same campus as the rest of UVM and adjacent to the Medical Center, is located in Burlington on the shores of Lake Champlain between the Adirondack and Green Mountains. A vibrant community with year-round recreational opportunities, Burlington is frequently cited as one of the most livable cities in America, and one of the top college towns in the U.S.

Sarah Herman is leading this search with Carrie Alexander and Andrew Marshall.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about their track record in this area and how they will further this goal at the University of Vermont.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.

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